Oregon officials find thousands of addresses, maybe enough for a sixth seat in the U.S. House

Oregon officials say their participation in a new Census program could win the state $400 million a year and perhaps even a sixth U.S. House seat.

For the first time, the U.S. Census Bureau has asked states to help wrangle addresses from local governments in an effort provide even more complete demographics as part of the 2020 Census.

The Local Update of Census Addresses Operation is how cities, counties and tribes update the Census on addresses created over the course of a decade. Previously, local governments would submit those on their own, but now the Census is asking for state involvement.

In addition to overseeing the project — and being able to prod local government into participating — the state can use its own address databases to give the Census a more complete picture of Oregon.

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